Transit-Oriented Development: Dem Legislators Announce Bond Funds for Old Police Station

New Britain’s Democratic legislative delegation says help is on the way to redevelop New Britain’s old and vacant police station on Columbus Boulevard.

State Reps. Rick Lopes (24), Bobby Sanchez (25), Peter Tercyak (26), Betty Boukus (22) and Sen. Terry Gerratana (6) announced  the likely approval of funds for the redevelopment of the former police station when the state Bond Commission convenes May 11th.  “Redeveloping this property in downtown New Britain will encourage economic development in the area and transform the neighborhood for residents and visitors,” Governor Malloy said.  “By helping to foster residential and commercial development around the site, and making it so easily accessible to the CTfastrak Bus Rapid Transit system, we are delivering a brighter tomorrow for Connecticut and its families.”

Members of New Britain's all Democratic legislative delegation announced that the state bond commission is likely to approve the first funds for development of the city's old police station. (Gerratana photo - 2014)

Members of New Britain’s all Democratic legislative delegation announced that the state bond commission is likely to approve the first funds for development of the city’s old police station. (Gerratana photo – 2014)

“Following redevelopment efforts, this under-utilized parcel of land will provide new opportunities for economic growth in our city,” said Senator Gerratana. “The former police station is the perfect location for a mixed-use, transit-oriented development that will help downtown New Britain thrive. I thank Governor Malloy for his continued support for our community.”

“I am looking forward to a new direction for this property so that it will work in conjunction with the Busway to aid in the redevelopment of our downtown,” Rep. Lopes said. “I thank Governor Malloy for prioritizing these funds and look forward to seeing this important project moving forward.”

“I am delighted to see the plans to redevelop and revitalize the old police station in Columbus Boulevard moving forward,” Rep. Sanchez said.  “Last year the state allocated well over $2 million for demolition and remediation efforts to capitalize on that great parcel for expansion.”

“As we grapple with the many issues directly affecting people in balancing the state’s budget, providing funding for redevelopment projects becomes more difficult,” Rep. Tercyak said.  “I want to thank Governor Malloy for seeing the importance of this project and providing critical funding for it,” Rep. Tercyak said.

“This is important funding for New Britain’s redevelopment,” Rep. Boukus said. “I am happy to see it move forward.”

The State Bond Commission is slated to approve $100,000 to hire consultants and other technical advisors to assist in administering and overseeing the renovation.

Service on CT Fastraks — a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system — began March 28th. Governor Malloy announced today that ridership in the first six weeks of operation has exceeded expectations. Malloy gave the final go ahead to the “busway” project in his first term.  Transit advocates say BRT systems like CT Fastraks lead to economic development and increased property values along the BRT routes.

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